Post # 1
So we got our reception venue for free and I am really excited about that. They are supplying us with the white tablecloths, but we’d have to rent their chair covers. The venue was originally a meeting space at a university, so they have the drabbest red chairs. I don’t like the way they look at all, but I hate the chair covers they supply as well. What do you think we can do with them?
This is what the chair covers look like:
And this is without the chair covers:
Our theme is zen/greenhouse/tropical. Brown chair covers, maybe? What do you think we can do?
Post # 3
Do you have it in your budget to rent nicer chairs? Like chiavari chairs maybe? I only ask because you said you got the reception venue for free – so maybe you have a little extra that you could splurge for nicer chairs. Personally, I do not like chair covers – I don’t like they way they look, and I find them uncomfortable to sit in (like slippery). If they were nicer banquet chairs, I’d just leave them, but I don’t know if the ones in the picture are what you are envisioning. Maybe contact some rental companies in your area and see what they can offer.
Post # 4
I will preface my remarks by clarifying that I am not a fan of fabric chair covers at all. They make a sea of color that often overwhelms your other decor.
Normally I don’t think chair covers are necessary at all.
The carpet appears to be pale green on my monitor so that is perfect with your theme.
Have you chosen your colors yet?
Green and brown would both work in a tropical scheme. Or you could choose a neutral cream color so your tropical colors could pop in your floral and other decor.
Your chairs do have a separate back so you could choose to cover just that part.
You could use a length of fabric or a sash to cover just the back.
This is a spandex chair cover but you can copy the idea.You can use a length of fabric folded through the opening at the top of the chair. Have one side just long enough to tie in the middle with a tropical flower on a floral wire and let the other end hang free to the floor.
If you find a great deal you can use organza table runners to do this. They are wider than chair sashes and tied vertically would cover the chair back.
As an aside, if the venue offers the white tabelcloths included in their price, by all means use them. you can always do an overlay or runner to bring in your theme and colors.
Post # 5
Thanks to both of you for replying! I wish I could afford to rent different chairs but the only ones I like in my area are like 8.50 a chair to rent, & thats just not in my budget. I want to avoid chair covers if I can…I don’t really like em either! Our colors are chocolate brown & turquoise, with maybe some forest/bamboo green in there. The red of the chairs just doesn’t fit! I like the idea of maybe just covering the backs. That way at least some of it will be covered up. Again, I appreciate the help and I will definitely look into those!
Post # 6
@IngridS I agree, the red chairs definitely don-t fit – honestly though, it really is not worth spending money renting different chairs or even different chair covers! Your guests will remember how your wedding felt, not how it looked!
My venue has white wooden wedding chairs with white linens, and so my tables will be pretty boring and white – but to offset the white, I am renting peach-colored napkins (definitely cheaper than tablecloths or chair covers!! napkins are only $40 total to rent) and displaying a few stems of bright-colored flowers in vases in the center of the tables. If you have fantastic centerpieces, no one will pay much attention to the chairs – alternatively, if you have a really fun wedding and you focus on entertainment and making your guests feel comfortable, your chairs will not be a big deal either.
I love your reception venue – high ceilings, brick walls and really nice lighting – you’re a lucky girl to use that space for free!
Post # 7
Honestly… I have never remembered the chairs at any wedding I went to. 🙁 I don’t think the venue chairs are all that bad.
Post # 8
I don’t generally like chair covers either, but these chairs are awful. They are the same chairs that have been in EVERY conference room at EVERY job I’ve ever had. They’re not uncomfortable, but I would just feel like I was at a staff meeting. Sorry!